The Cypriot Sign Language courses aim at transmitting the CSL, the contact with it and its dissemination as a means of communication for the Deaf Community in Cyprus, through educational methods. Specifically, students will be asked to produce and comprehend the basic vocabulary as well as the basic forms of the CSL (CSL has its own syntactic and grammatic structure), through which they will be informed and introduced to the culture of deaf people in Cyprus.


It is an introductory course of undergraduate level based on the structure of linguistic signs and semantic features which compose the Sign language. The students will be introduced to the use of fingerspelling and will make use of facial expressions to articulate and comprehend the mechanisms for the formation of signs. They will have the opportunity to understand and use basic handshapes and to explore the phonological and morphological features of signs, as well as enrich their vocabulary in CSL. At the same time, students will gain a deep understanding of the lexical or grammatical meanings of the signs and ways of using the fingerspelling alphabet. Finally, the students will understand the crucial communicative-functional and socio-cultural role of Sign Language.

Prerequisites: LAN 010.

Having gained the basic knowledge in LAN010, students will be able to describe their family and friends, signing about everyday life, activities and hobbies, as well as their studies, courses, weekly schedule etc. They will also be able to understand sentences and expressions that are directly relevant to themselves (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). In addition, they will be able to exchange information on familiar subjects, also to describe, in a simple way, aspects of their life, immediate environment and issues of emergency (e.g. prevention, safety, healthcare etc.).



Language Centre – University of Cyprus
1 Panepistimiou Ave. 2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
P.O. Box 20537, CY-1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
+357 22 89 2901